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10 Fascinating Facts About Cooking In The 18th Century

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The 18th century — the Colonial era of America — was a fascinating time for cooking. While most people didn’t yet have their own ovens, and often had to improvise, many people actually had a pretty decent knowledge of various cooking methods and would use as complicated a spicing regimen as their means would allow. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Top 10 Craziest Bacon Products Of All Time https://youtu.be/s_F6FXG4T60?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJ9wKIVrfv-6wzyiyPn7GfA Top 10 Bizarre Uses for Potatoes https://youtu.be/O4zcgiBDVwA?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnJ9wKIVrfv-6wzyiyPn7GfA Text version: https://www.toptenz.net/10-fascinating-facts-about-cooking-in-the-18th-century.php Coming up: 10. Cooking Puddings In Cloth Bags Was Actually An Incredibly Common Practic 9. Food Preservation Methods Were One Of The Most Important Things To Know 8. Nutmeg Was One Of The Most Popular Spices, And Shows Up In Almost Everything 7. In The 18th Century, People Had A Taste For Flavors Like Rosewater That We Would Find Odd 6. Suet, The Hard White Fat From Kidneys, Was A Staple Of 18th Century Cooking 5. Enslaved Cooks Were Incredibly Skilled And Brought Knowledge To The Enslaved Community 4. Seasonal And Regional Food Were All People Had, So They Had To Learn To Get Creative 3. “Cheesecakes” That Had No Cheese Were Common In 18th Century Cookbooks 2. Raisins, And Other Dried Fruits And Nuts, Were Considered Luxurious Additions To Desserts 1. Eggs Appear In A Ridiculous Amount Of Recipes, And Form The Backbone Of Regular Cooking Source/Further reading: https://youtu.be/3anPAb-BoqY https://youtu.be/NFfdHL_D7Zo http://mentalfloss.com/article/94734/why-early-america-was-obsessed-wooden-nutmegs https://youtu.be/MC5KxOh_VZA https://youtu.be/X34YriXy-DM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwkRWIwZ43A https://youtu.be/IN03MUqeUa4 https://youtu.be/b1NOup3RvOw https://twitter.com/biiimurray/status/590510548497858560?lang=en http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/animals/poultry/how-to-keep-hens-laying-in-winter/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:L%C3%A9on_Bonvin_-_Cook_with_Red_Apron_-_Walters_371505.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Powerloom_weaving_in_1835.jpg https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmytst/12827677913 https://www.thecultureconcept.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/450px-Christmaspuddingonahook.jpg https://cdn.donnahaycdn.com.au/images/content-images/283_.jpg https://picryl.com/media/help-in-the-harvest-ice-is-needed-to-save-food-for-the-starving-people-of-the https://pxhere.com/en/photo/1401099 https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5051/5465657837_1ff4563527_b.jpg https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2017/06/21/16/57/nutmeg-2427844_960_720.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nutmeg-spice.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rosewater_saffron_extract.jpg https://www.maxpixel.net/static/photo/1x/Red-Rose-Water-Red-Rose-Drip-Rain-Wet-808514.jpg https://cdn.pixabay.com/photo/2015/11/11/21/55/bake-1039323_960_720.jpg https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Beef_suet-01.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Turkish_rice_pudding,_just_cooked.jpg https://www.flickr.com/photos/arndog/5890969042 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Slave_Free_1789-1861.gif https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwkRWIwZ43A https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KdMvcURmyec/WD2Zgxx2tzI/AAAAAAAAGWc/lisGrnED6pkY61kKx68Hb1O2154X5pQ3gCLcB/s1600/Cook.JPG http://archive.defense.gov/imgHandler.ashx?h=350&w=0&img=/dodcmsshare/photoessay/2015-02/hires_150219-Z-SM601-106A.jpg
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TopTenz (2 months ago)
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Chiriac Puiu (9 days ago)
Raisins and nuts are still very popular in Europe.
39ocean (14 days ago)
What do you mean fruit and nuts aren’t popular in desserts and bread?!?! Banana bread alone, besides banana often comes with pecans or walnuts, cranberries and pumpkin seeds are a staple of autumnal deserts, carrot cake often includes walnuts, pineapple and sometimes raisins, and candied nuts are incredibly popular, from spiced nuts at carnivals and fairs, chocolate covered nuts, and nuts in candy and chocolate bars. There is no issue with fruits or nuts in desserts. I do think raisins aren’t as popular as they once were, but that does not justify a sweeping generalization like “fruit and nuts are snubbed in desserts “.
Itsa Games (1 month ago)
Non white people "white people dont know about spices" white people - invents an entire global trading market, enslaves and kills massive amounts of people for set spices
Illuminocalypse (1 month ago)
My mom LOVES fruitcake and can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want some. One day, I realized what I personally didn't like about it were the CANDIED fruit pieces, as they're so sweet and numerous compared to any ACTUAL fruit in it that they overpower the rest of the cake and just make me thirsty. When I mentioned that to my mom, she tried making a fruitcake that simply replaced the candied fruit with more real fruit, and sure enough, I loved it.
william Dawson (1 month ago)
Gumbo, Jambalaya, and virtually all Creole food is the inspiration of black cooks in Louisiana,
Ladybug Jodi (1 month ago)
I was so surprised and delighted to see this make your channel. Townsend is my favorite nutmeg channel.(lol) Great job.
Jonah Dominguez (1 month ago)
Wait, people aren't into pannetone?
justin gill (1 month ago)
Very interesting, thanks.
Robert Tinsley (1 month ago)
I like fruitcake, I think it's a tasty treat.
izphuzzy (1 month ago)
Imagine being so incorrect about life that you dislike pecans. That is pronounced "pea can" btw. I don't make the rules bro.
Charles Kelley (1 month ago)
My family can one time a year it’s kinda like a family tradition everybody comes over and we can we’re pretty old fashioned
vadim dikhtyar (1 month ago)
18th Century actually means 1700s
Fritte _ (1 month ago)
yay for townsends shoutout!
Eva Geiger (1 month ago)
Actually regarding the last statement about chickens being cheaper: It's actually pigs who were the economically best choice, at least according on my grandparents farm (around 1900). Feeding chicken with valuable grain was WAY too expensive. You either had to give them your own food source or buy some. If you run around a large area to feed themselves you waste far too much time looking for eggs, because they build nests everywhere. pigs however? you can feed them with leftovers, and they used to add ground hey to stretch even that, so the pigs got fatter faster. you can let them run around and look for food as well. you get a fair amount of meat once a year. my grandparents ground rule was in about: as many milk-cows as your fields can feed, as many pigs as you can feed with your leftovers and surroundings and just so many chickens that you have just enough eggs for every day. Because as everybody had chickens they didn't have a high selling price, while at the same time spoiling incredibly fast. (milk can at least be processed and sold for a better price)
Bruno Oglesby (2 months ago)
SO HAPPY TO SEE THE TOWNSENDS!!! One of my fave channels!!
Jae Caesar (2 months ago)
Amazing. Would be cool to see more videos on topics like cooking and food
Sleeping Insomiac (2 months ago)
Strangely, many of your points are still a thing in Germany... Nutmeg, rose water, nuts and fruits in desserts... I can't imagine doing it different...
Mickey McGowan (2 months ago)
10 facts about americans cooking in the 18th century*
Sharon Schultz (2 months ago)
I'm American and I say nuts are delicious! Furthermore, there are actually many recipes still popular in America that use nuts, such as peanut brittle, banana nut bread, cookies, brownies, haystacks, and pecan pie is a holiday staple. Rocky road ice cream is rather popular as well; and it contains nuts. Not sure where you got the idea that nuts are not a thing in baking here in the USA; but many people enjoy them and make various foods with them. As for raisins I personally hate them, but they can be commonly found in oatmeal cookies, Raisin Bran, bagels and certain types of breakfast pastries.
MindlessMannequin (2 months ago)
I greatly appreciate the mention of The Townsends, but it seems a travesty to have no honouring of Mrs Crocombe!
ReddFoxx1562 (2 months ago)
I think it was a rather daft choice to use "pudding" in the manner chosen.
Kevin Moore (2 months ago)
I'm only 59 and when I was growing up seasonal and regional foods were still a big deal and I grew-up in the big city (San Francisco, CA.). Rarely did we get fruits and vegetables from So. America like we do today. I suppose if money was no object one could get whatever one wants even back then but nobody was paying premium for stuff from far away, so I kind of disagree with that point (#4).
younes bekkali (2 months ago)
Suet it is dstill used in morocco for some traditional meals like elkhlii, which is kind of a preserved meat
Steven Rais (2 months ago)
Oatmeal raisin is the best cookie. Fight me
I like how it says подписаться and a modern "paska" shows up for 18th century food
Chris Oberg (2 months ago)
Man if this channel and Townsend’s collabed, that would be so epic!!!!
OutOfSight OutOfMind (2 months ago)
That was pretty sweet. Several things here I didn't know.
The Dassem Channel (2 months ago)
Whut? Here in Norway we still think people would be crazy to pass up confections with raisins and nuts! :o
Chris E (2 months ago)
Be careful about using Townsend’s as a reference; they have the dubious record of selling and promoting things that never existed. (See bodices, now with added “boning” - a silly attempt to keep selling it.)
Tabatha Feucht (2 months ago)
Who gave you this information about us Americans not liking nuts or raisins in our sweets?!?? Raisnets, raisin bread , pecan sandies, pecan turtles and nut brittles are a common gift and eaten very commonly here. I’m also partial to pecans because I’m from The South, but I make either peanut or cashew brittle from scratch every for Christmas gifts for my family. 🥜 Ps. I love Townsend’s channel! My favorite episode is about Paw-Paws. We call them hillbilly bananas 🍌 Love your channel also. 👍🏻
Victor Relmek (2 months ago)
They boiled bags to sterilize them? How did they know what "steralizing" was? At what point did science discover germs?
Dj Phantom (3 months ago)
Thanks for this upload, interesting and factual, and no dam political connections, refreshing to have a purely informative list that is not contentious. It is very easy to get suet in the UK, not just supermarkets, however it is definitely not used as much as it was when I was a lad, pity,it can turn very bland ingredients into a feast, especially in a stew/casserole when suet dumplings are added soaking up the juices and gravy, scrumptious.
Lachlan Gow (3 months ago)
My Mum used to make a fruit cake-like pudding in a floured dishtowel and boiled in a pot of water. Called "clootie dumpling", it was a Scottish favourite. I hope it still exists !
Colin MacLaughlanWeir (3 months ago)
You keep saying the 18th C but you were talking about the 18 hundreds which is the 19th C
lekiscool (3 months ago)
I love rose petal teas!
Cynthia Nicola (3 months ago)
Most Western US groceries carry suet for Mexican recipes. Ususally found in the meat section.
Joe Gillian (3 months ago)
About nutmeg getting you high: It doesn't really work as you need to consume about 10g (which is difficult due to the strong taste and the problem of swallowing large amounts of a powdered substance. Think cinnamon challenge only 10 times worse) to get any effect whatsoever and it can take over 4 hours for it to begin effecting you. If you manage to do all that, probably all you will feel is mild to moderate drowsiness.
VERY interesting and, as usual, historically correct.
Quarantined Cosmonaut (3 months ago)
You very easily can get suet in the United States, I feed it to my birds. Just ask a worker in the meat department for suet at your local grocery store. You can buy it mad cheap and it's worth it. Any bird who eats suet, eats mosquitoes.
Rusty Mallett (3 months ago)
Thank for sharing Townsend and son. Awesome channel. Keep up the great work
Sarah Gray (3 months ago)
I love nutmeg and I use a lot of nuts and dried fruit in my cooking. 18th Century cooking was based on local and seasonal ingredients and contained far less sugar than what many people consume today. One of my Nana's treasures that she passed down to her family is an 18th century tea chest inlaid with mother of pearl...in those days, spices and tea were as precious as gold and were kept under lock and key, and it was considered rude to put too much sugar in your tea or coffee as this wasted your host's supply and implied that you thought his or her tea was of poor quality. These days most of the items at Starbucks is loaded with sugar and is simply not healthy!
Katie Kane (3 months ago)
Violas, pansies, nasturium & day lilles are edible flowers & have subtle flavor
Kimm 65 (3 months ago)
Rosewater is delicious in meringues or Pavlovas (Australians & New Zealanders are familiar with the latter). It has a soft subtle almost musk flavour if anyone is interested.
Howard Johnson (3 months ago)
I stopped watching townsend when sometime around Trump's election, he had a show about This is our final cooking episode at George Washington's Mount Vernon. For this last recipe, Deb Colburn joins us and makes us "Orange Fool". A perfect dessert to end your meal. Enjoy! He, of course maintains the two are in no way connected, but usually coincidences are not.
harout makijian (3 months ago)
This guy has the weirdest timing to breath from his mouth. Pretty annoying
Ricky Webster (3 months ago)
Cloth bag? Use to cook in garbage bags in county jail 😂😂
jennifer burrell (3 months ago)
Oh I love your channel and I love Townsends! You are so amazing for the shout out! Great Video!
K Jova (3 months ago)
I love nutmeg. Try putting it in your hot chocolate. Love
Sarah Levine (3 months ago)
I like fresh fruit better than cooked fruit.
Sarah Levine (3 months ago)
I hate when cheese is sweetened.
Sarah Levine (3 months ago)
I hate cheese cakes.
Sarah Levine (3 months ago)
Suet still is used to feed birds.
DL V (3 months ago)
Rosewater is great!
Harmsy (3 months ago)
I can get suet here in the States, but it has a bunch of birdseed in it.
Seiyuōkami Himura (3 months ago)
To be fair, a fruitcake made with cheap rum or brandy is the worst. You may as well be being tortured, it's vile.
confusedwhale (3 months ago)
Rose water is disgusting.
Rosewater is a rather tasty flavour.
diceman199 (3 months ago)
I use raisins in quite a few things...notably a bread and butter pudding that also has nutmeg in the custard :-)
Yoko Oh No! (3 months ago)
Simon, I love you but please please please don't call them "masters." YIKE
norrock1 (3 months ago)
If you're in the U.S. you should be able to go to a butcher shop or a grocery store that has a butcher and get some suet. When I make pemican ill get suet from my local grocery store butcher and its pretty cheap. Its not really something thats usually asked for so they don't tend to keep any on hand but if I go in in the morning and be like Hey I need some suet they'll tell me to come back later on in the day and they'll have it ready for me.
Nick Stahl (3 months ago)
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Scereyaha (3 months ago)
Rosewater is delicious, excuse you.
The Curious Noob (3 months ago)
August 2219... Once they used vanilla. Ewwwww
Julian Reid (3 months ago)
Almost all southern cooking is of African origin, wit some native and the rest is European. Food was still seasonal until the late 1990's. I really love nuts and fruits in things but chocolate chips in brownies and pudding needs to STOP! Absolutely no real research has ever found a problem with eggs, butter, or green leafy vegetables.
Sebastian Dubois (3 months ago)
I'm terribly disappointed in this video. It wasn't bad but my interest in this subject left me wanting at every turn. What I would want out of this topic are links/examples/recipes that embodied these facts. An American has no idea what you are talking about when you say "pudding". Pudding is something made with milk and chocolate. Suet (as cursorily mentioned) is so obscure that it doesn't matter that you're saying it's available online, no one here has any idea what you're talking about or what it would be used for.
Maya S (3 months ago)
American Barbecue was originally a Native American way of cooking. The Spanish saw Southern US and Caribbean tribes cook meat on grills made of sticks over fire and slowly adopted it into their cooking. Eventually when the Colonists arrived and took slaves with them the ways evolved and transformed. But it was the Native Americans, not slaves, who invented Barbecue.
Maya S (3 months ago)
I'm not discounting African slaves contributions to American cooking, btw. They are the backbone of a lot of culinary traditions in America. However, Native American contributions should not be forgotten.
Sara 7 (3 months ago)
Rose water is delicious!
Louise C. Gibson (3 months ago)
I use a LOT of nutmeg in just about everything, i also love to use nuts and raisins, they're great in stews etc etc.. also i like rosewater in food, however i do use that less.
Medical Meccanica (3 months ago)
Who are these heathens who don't like fruit and nut in their sweets!? I need varied texture in my food or else my autistic brain gets sad. (Also I'm American)
Tetrahydrocannabinol exe (3 months ago)
I love how townsends was mentioned
CarSizePies (3 months ago)
I feel like the no nuts in confections thing is more of a californicated way of thinking. I've never heard of this becoming less popular or disliked around the East Coast at all. there's nuts and fruits in the majority of our candies and treats.
Mr K F (3 months ago)
Nutmeg, if taken in large doses is actually a psychoactive mind altering drug that gets you very high, and it's legal lol :)
TheLepke2011 (3 months ago)
Imagine a Simon Whistler/ Townsend's crossover vid!!!
leslie burden (3 months ago)
Mmm dumplings
John Martin (3 months ago)
Been watching the townsends since their channel began. I actually live close to where they are located. Way to give them credit for what they do.
Laura Klaassen Minnick (3 months ago)
Townsend is a wonderful channel! My granddaughter Ilyana loves their cooking videos- especially when Ivy is on! Simon, cheesecakes go Spanaway back. I have 15th-17th c recipes for them- sweet pies recognizable as cheese cake! I do camping events with the SCA, and I ha e made cheesecake in camp, starting by MAKING.CHEESE in camp, then combining it with eggs, Sweetener (sugar or honey), a bit of nutmeg, and some rose water. They are AMAZING, and if you serve them with whipped team and berries, you'll.get marriage proposals!
Reb Reynolds (3 months ago)
" I put nutmeg on my nutmeg" 😍😂😆☺😉😂
Permie Bird (3 months ago)
For giving such a big shout out to Townsends, it surprised me there isn't a link to Townsends YouTube channel in the description.😊
G3 Heathen (3 months ago)
towsends fried chicken recipe is awesome!
Hannah Mac (3 months ago)
We often use suet instead of lard or Crisco for pie crusts and such. Didn't know that it wasn't used as often now. We just get it from our butcher and render it ourselves.
Mark Susskind (3 months ago)
I remember Townsends testing out preservation methods.
Asif Imtiaz (3 months ago)
Americans dont know what kacchi and biriyani is, rose-petal water will go over their head 😂🤣
Damitz85 (3 months ago)
I like pudding. Butterscotch is my favorite. 🤤
Allison Spalter (3 months ago)
This episode is literally just a townsend's cliff notes
Not the Doctor (3 months ago)
There are plenty of ways to store food safely, at least in arab countries and most of mailand Europe, fridges are overused nowadays, and only ignorant people get horrified when they find out a certain something is not stored in the fridge. Today rosewter and other scented water is still used in pastry today.
Marie Lastname (3 months ago)
Can you name me things that don't need to be stored in a fridge that most people store in a fridge?
Lol, this isn't a shout out so much as a 10min Townsends commercial (no complaints here tho)
Melanie Schaefer (3 months ago)
Raisins and nuts are great..?????
John Hardin (3 months ago)
You call indentured white servants free? The blacks were just better cooks and more trustworthy.
In My Mersey Paradise (3 months ago)
Your voice relaxes me
V. Hansen (3 months ago)
Great. Now all I want is pudding. Edit: and now cheesecake. Also, nuts make EVERY dessert better!
Vincent Venturella (3 months ago)
If you eat enough nutmeg, or mace, it's red fleshy aril on the seed or nut, you might hallucinate. Or not and vomit anyway.
werewolf6780 Wolfie (3 months ago)
Omfg I love Townsends!
Nijihime (3 months ago)
I would love to try an original cheese cake recipe. Also I love nuts and fruit in my sweets. I thought about substituting sugar, with fruit instead of artificial sugar in home made sweets. (I can't stand the idea of artificial sugar)
Msminnie (3 months ago)
Raisins are the demons of the baking world, but nuts? Buttered pecan ice cream and pecan pie are treasured American concoctions. Also, there's Snickers, BabyRuth, Payday etc.
Alistair Shaw (3 months ago)
OK, now I've watched this I'm fairly sure I must be around 250 years old.
Alistair Shaw (3 months ago)
Lordy. This is making me feel old. Plant your garden/allotment to have continual crops. Has the world gone mad? Seasonal food is still common!
Alistair Shaw (3 months ago)
And suet is still used.
Alistair Shaw (3 months ago)
My grandmother cooked Christmas pudding in a cloth bag in the 1980's. Still the desired method for authentic Christmas pudding.
Paxton Hickman (3 months ago)
I clicked on this and was like "If i dont see one townsends shoutout im unsubscribing"

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